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Elgar Orchestral Musice

Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 3
In the South (Alassio), Op. 50
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

The Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis

Signum Classics SIGCD168

Here is another of the successful Philharmonia own label (with Signum) releases.

Recorded from performances whilst the Royal Festival Hall was closed for refurbishment, these three orchestral works make a rewarding programme.

The Enigma Variations receive a magisterial performance at Croydon's Hall and the others are recorded at the smaller Queen Elizabeth Hall on South Bank. Least well known is the lengthy Overture, and this is one of the most convincing performances I have heard of a work that is quite difficult to bring off. The audiences at these live performances only become evident with their applause.

At their modest £8 pricing, this deserves to continue the success of the others in this series,see http://www.musicalpointers.co.uk/reviews/cddvd08/BeethovenBrahmsSchubertShostakovich.html

Peter Grahame Woolf